Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Experiment in Schliemann Gambit

In forty years of chess, I have played the Open Game 1.e4 e5 about 3000 times. Only 7 times I have been Black in the Ruy Lopez Schliemann Gambit Accepted 3...f5 4.exf5 line, winning six and losing one. Below is one of my wins. I had a vague recollection that there is a line where the players might repeat moves (see note to my 5th move) and that Black can avoid it with 7...Nf6 or 7...Nh6 or something, but I did not really remember it.

The weakest point in White's position at the beginning of the game is f2. If White castles kingside then it becomes h2 or g2. However if Black attacks with overwhelming material, then any point anywhere near the White king is potentially vulnerable. Here my 3-minute blitz game attack is topped off with a queen sacrifice and checkmate.

hbandersen-Sawyer, ICC 3 0 Internet Chess Club, 27.01.2013 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.exf5 e4 5.Qe2 d5? [Played on the spur of the moment, and NOT good. Black should play 5...Qe7! 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nd4 Nh6 (7...Qe5 8.Nf3 Qe7= repeats moves) 8.0-0 Nxf5 9.Nb3 a5= is recommended by GM Sabino Brunello] 6.d3 [6.Ne5!+- with dual threats on c6 and h5.] 6...Bxf5 7.dxe4 dxe4 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.Nd4?! [10.Nc3+/-] 10...Qd7?! [10...Bxh2+! 11.Kxh2 Qxd4=] 11.Nxf5 Qxf5 12.Nc3 Nf6 13.Re1?! [White should not allow Black to castle kingside. 13.Qc4+/- ] 13...0-0 14.Qc4+ Kh8 15.Qxc6 [Now White's king is in serious danger. Critical here is 15.h3 Ng4 16.Nxe4 Nxf2 17.Nxd6 Nxh3+ 18.Kh2 cxd6 19.Qe6 Nf2 20.Qxf5 Rxf5=/+] 15...Ng4 16.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 17.Kf1 Qxf2+ 18.Nxf2 Rxf2# White checkmated 0-1

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